FODAC Joins National VOAD

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FODAC Joins National VOAD

Non-Profit Organization Brings Expertise in Helping the Disabled Community in the Aftermath of a Catastrophic Event

TUCKER GA (13 February 2019) – Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC), a non-profit organization providing durable medical equipment (DME) and services to those living with a disability, announced today its acceptance into National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD), a coalition of volunteer organizations whose mission is to help survivors and their communities in the wake of natural or man-made disasters. Since serving as a major relief resource for those with disabilities in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and most recently with the survivors of Hurricane Maria, FODAC has established itself as a leader in disaster recovery efforts for special needs survivors, coordinating shipments of DME, such as wheelchairs, walkers and respirators, and providing boots-on-the-ground teams to support onsite efforts.

“We are honored to join this well-respected organization dedicated to facilitating a more coordinated, cooperative response throughout the disaster cycle,” said Chris Brand, president and CEO of FODAC. “Over the past fifteen years, since our first big disaster recovery initiative with Hurricane Katrina, we have developed relationships with FEMA and many of the National VOAD member organizations. Since then, FODAC has assisted 19 states and 4 territories multiple times with disaster relief. Now we look forward to more structured relationships and adding our expertise to address current and on-going needs for seniors and others with disabilities in the aftermath of large population-affecting emergency events.”

Founded in 1970 in response to the challenges many disaster organizations experienced following Hurricane Camille, the 60 members of National VOAD work together to mitigate and alleviate the impact of disasters by providing a forum promoting cooperation, communication, coordination and collaboration. This in turn fosters more effective delivery of services to communities affected by disaster. Today, National VOAD is a leader and voice for the nonprofit organizations and volunteers that work in all phases of disaster – preparedness, response, relief, recovery, and mitigation. National VOAD is the primary point of contact for voluntary organizations in the National Response Coordination Center (at FEMA headquarters) and is a signatory to the National Response Plan.

As the newest member of National VOAD, FODAC brings to the table much-needed expertise and experience in the area of disaster recovery for the disabled community.

“Our hope,” added Brand, “is that the experience gained in the field by our staff and volunteers in the aftermath of a disaster can be formalized into structured trainings and processes that help the entire community plan and prepare long before a disaster strikes.”

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About FODAC
Now celebrating its 33rd anniversary, Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC) continues to help people with injuries and disabilities of all ages regain their mobility, independence and quality of life. The non-profit organization provides more than $10 million annually in refurbished durable medical equipment (DME) and home modifications in Georgia and across the United States, all at little or no cost to the recipients. A pioneer in re-use, FODAC keeps 350 tons of materials out of landfills each year by refurbishing and reissuing over 700 DME items every month, and is recognized nationally for best practices. In 2014, FODAC was named to Charities Under 5% Overhead, an organization of charities that have operating overhead of five percent or less.

In 2013, Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) appointed FODAC to serve as the statewide distributor of DME and assistive technology in the event of a large population-affecting emergency situation. In this role, FODAC will warehouse the DME and other equipment, then, working with GEMA and the American Red Cross (ARC) of Georgia, will coordinate the delivery and distribution to emergency shelters around the state.

In 2016, Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation (HQAA) fully accredited FODAC as a durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies (DMEPOS) provider, thus confirming the organization’s compliance with quality standards established in the 2003 Medicare Modernization Act.

For more information on FODAC and its programs, visit fodac.org. Follow FODAC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

About NVOAD
The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD) is a coalition of 50 major national nonprofit and faith-based organizations with committed missions to domestic disaster-related services. With over 40 years of respected service collaboration, the National VOAD member agencies provide skilled direct services along the continuum from disaster prevention and preparation to response, recovery and mitigation. National VOAD services its member agencies by coordinating comprehensive, coordinated volunteer response in partnership with emergency managers. This cooperative effort has proven to be the most effective way for a wide variety of volunteers and organizations to work together in a crisis. For more information, visit nvoad.org, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
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